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Confusion As Mexico Delays Reopening Manufacturing Two Weeks Impacting US Automakers

The U.S. automotive industry relies heavily on Mexico to create the parts necessary to create the cars. COVID-19 shuttered the factories in Mexico and the result has been a delay in the production of vehicles in the U.S. It now seems that U.S. automakers will have to wait even longer.

Earlier this week, news broke that Mexico was reopening manufacturing to prop up the U.S. automakers.

Mexico’s COVID-19 epidemic is still growing. There have been more than 42,000 reported cases of COVID-19 in Mexico resulting in more than 4,000 deaths in the North American country. President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has been criticized for his lack of a response to the crisis.

When the AMLO administration responded, one of the decisions was to shutdown nonessential businesses. This announcement immediately affected manufacturing as factories and breweries were shutdown to slow the spread of the virus.

Now, confusion is spreading through the automotive industry following an announcement from Mexico.

Mexico had originally announced that manufacturing would be reopening this week. The announcement signaled some much-needed supplies and production to prop up U.S. carmakers. Carmakers have been halted since the coronavirus began to spread throughout the U.S.

The confusion came when the Mexican government posted guidelines to reopening its economy and said manufacturing can begin on June 1. The Mexican government chose that start date to give factories a chance to implement safety regulations.

It is uncertain how much of an impact a two-week delay from Mexico would impact carmakers in the U.S.

The General Motors website boasts a change to the way of doing business to help fight the spread of COVID-19 while protecting workers. The automotive company has set forth policies aimed at limiting the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace and through the workforce.

According to a guide posted to the GM website, there is a 4-step approach to reentering the facilities for all employees. Employees will have to fill out questionnaires and practice physical distancing while returning to the factories. GM will be doing temperature screenings of employees to make sure those with fevers are kept from the facility. Mask will be required for all of the employees while in the factories and new signage in the facilities will detail new health guidelines to manage the spread of the virus.

U.S. carmakers are still unsure about what will happen Monday when U.S.-based factories reopen.

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American automotive factories are reopening on Monday as states begin reopening their economies. COVID-19 case numbers continue to rise in the U.S. Governors who have rushed reopenings have seen new death and infection rate records. Texas recently saw its deadliest day on record two weeks after reopening the state against health guidelines.

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Selena Gomez and Jennifer Lopez Are Partnering With Global Citizen For ‘Vax Live: The Concert to Reunite the World’

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Selena Gomez and Jennifer Lopez Are Partnering With Global Citizen For ‘Vax Live: The Concert to Reunite the World’

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While the United States is as of publication, has vaccinated over 75 million people against COVID-19 since mid-December, the rest of the world is still catching up. Poorer countries, for example, are struggling to procure enough vaccines for essential workers–let alone their entire population.

Luckily, certain charitable business are making it their mission to get vaccines to the most needy. For example, anti-poverty organization Global Citizen has organized a charity concert with the aim of getting COVID-19 vaccines to developing countries.

Selena Gomez will be hosting the concert, called “VAX Live: The Concert to Reunite the World”. And none other than Jennifer Lopez will be headlining.

Selena Gomez took to Twitter to announce her involvement in the exciting project. “I’m honored to be hosting ‘VAX LIVE: The Concert to Reunite the World,’ ” she wrote.

“This is a historic moment to encourage people around the world to take the COVID-19 vaccine when it becomes available to them, call on world leaders to share vaccine doses equitably and to bring people together for a night of music in a way that hasn’t felt possible in the past year. I can’t wait to be a part of it.”

Jennifer Lopez also took to Twitter to announce her involvement with VAX Live, saying that she is “calling for equitable COVID-19 vaccine distribution for all”. That’s a statement we can get behind!

Jennifer Lopez isn’t the only superstar performing. Other acts will include J Balvin, H.E.R., and the Foo Fighters.

Global Citizen has one goal: to raise $22 billion for global vaccinations via corporate and philanthropic donors. They’re hoping VAX Live will bring awareness to their efforts.

“There are 27 million healthcare workers globally who don’t have access to the vaccine,” said Global Citizen CEO Hugh Evans to the Associated Press. “I’m 38 years old, and it’s not ethical for me to have access to the vaccine before these heroic first responders and community health workers. So we need governments to start urgently donating those doses.”

Tom Hart, the executive director for another anti-poverty organization, The ONE Campaign, also reiterated the importance of getting vaccine doses into the hands of developing countries.

“Low-income countries not only need this welcome fundraising effort; they need access to COVID-19 vaccine doses,” Tom Hart said.

“The United States has secured over 550 million excess doses that could be used to help end the global pandemic faster.”

You can catch VAX LIVE on ABC, CBS, and iHeartMedia stations on 8:00 p.m. ET on May 8th. It will also be airing on Fox starting at 11:00 p.m. ET/PT the same day. You’ll also be able to catch an extended version on Global Citizen’s YouTube channel on May 8th as well.

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Mexico City Could Soon Change Its Name To Better Embrace Its Indigenous Identity

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Mexico City Could Soon Change Its Name To Better Embrace Its Indigenous Identity

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Mexico City is the oldest surviving capital city in all of the Americas. It also is one of only two that actually served as capitals of their Indigenous communities – the other being Quito, Ecuador. But much of that incredible history is washed over in history books, tourism advertisements, and the everyday hustle and bustle of a city of 21 million people.

Recently, city residents voted on a non-binding resolution that could see the city’s name changed back to it’s pre-Hispanic origin to help shine a light on its rich Indigenous history.

Mexico City could soon be renamed in honor of its pre-Hispanic identity.

A recent poll shows that 54% of chilangos (as residents of Mexico City are called) are in favor of changing the city’s official name from Ciudad de México to México-Tenochtitlán. In contrast, 42% of respondents said they didn’t support a name change while 4% said they they didn’t know.

Conducted earlier this month as Mexico City gears up to mark the 500th anniversary of the fall of the Aztec empire capital with a series of cultural events, the poll also asked respondents if they identified more as Mexicas, as Aztec people were also known, Spanish or mestizo (mixed indigenous and Spanish blood).

Mestizo was the most popular response, with 55% of respondents saying they identified as such while 37% saw themselves more as Mexicas. Only 4% identified as Spaniards and the same percentage said they didn’t know with whom they identified most.

The poll also touched on the city’s history.

The ancient city of Tenochtitlán.

The same poll also asked people if they thought that the 500th anniversary of the Spanish conquest of Tenochtitlán by Spanish conquistadoresshould be commemorated or forgotten, 80% chose the former option while just 16% opted for the latter.

Three-quarters of respondents said they preferred areas of the the capital where colonial-era architecture predominates, such as the historic center, while 24% said that they favored zones with modern architecture.

There are also numerous examples of pre-Hispanic architecture in Mexico City including the Templo Mayor, Tlatelolco and Cuicuilco archaeological sites.

Tenochtitlán was one of the world’s most advanced cities when the Spanish arrived.

Tenochtitlán, which means “place where prickly pears abound” in Náhuatl, was founded by the Mexica people in 1325 on an island located on Lake Texcoco. The legend goes that they decided to build a city on the island because they saw the omen they were seeking: an eagle devouring a snake while perched on a nopal.

At its peak, it was the largest city in the pre-Columbian Americas. It subsequently became a cabecera of the Viceroyalty of New Spain. Today, the ruins of Tenochtitlán are in the historic center of the Mexican capital. The World Heritage Site of Xochimilco contains what remains of the geography (water, boats, floating gardens) of the Mexica capital.

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